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The Quick Facts
- Special counsel Robert Mueller’s trial of Paul Manafort began Tuesday, July 31, in Virginia.
- Manafort, a notable Republican campaign manager and lobbyist, once served as an advisor in Ukrainian politics. His former clients include the pro-Russian political Party of Regions and the former Ukrainian President Yanukovych.
- From March to August of 2016, Manafort acted as Trump’s presidential campaign chair.
- In 2017, Manafort was charged with money laundering, fraud, false income tax returns, failure to report foreign bank assets, and other financial crimes. He has pleaded not guilty on all 18 counts.
- A second, separate trial awaits Manafort in Washington DC this September, where he will face charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States.
- None of Manafort’s charges involve President Trump or Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, there has been speculation that Mueller intends to use these charges to pressure Manafort into assisting the special counsel’s Russia Investigation.